Tulsa Healthy Start is a program designed to meet the needs of mothers and infants living in our community, focusing on healthy outcomes to reduce infant mortality. Healthy Start Care Coordinators work with expectant mothers and their families before, during and after pregnancy, employing strategies to improve maternity care quality focused on patient safety and evidence-based practice. Additionally, the program helps increase understanding of the preventive services covered under the Affordable Care Act.
Tulsa Healthy Start uses a “Maternity Medical Home” model, a concept first defined in 2010’s Blueprint for Action which identified 11 focus areas to improve maternity care quality. The Community Service Council, in an effort to support the patient centered medical home initiative fostered in the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and the Office of the National Coordinator Health Information Technology collaborative grants, implemented a second Tulsa Healthy Start Initiative in 2014 from the successful Tulsa Health Department program begun in 1997. CSC has fostered a third program in southeast Oklahoma with the Little Dixie Health Start. Collectively with Oklahoma City, there are four sites working to reduce infant mortality in Oklahoma, and 100 sites throughout the U.S.
The Healthy Start Care Coordinator assists each client in accessing community, culturally sensitive, family-centered, comprehensive health and social services to women, infant and families. We assist pregnant women and their families by following them throughout pregnancy until the baby reaches two years old. Support for both parents and involvement of fathers also helps support women during pregnancy, thereby strengthening the family and creating the most favorable foundation for infant and youth health development.
April 2017: Our team was selected by the National Healthy Start Association to coordinate this year’s Healthy Start conference, held in Washington, D.C. on Apr. 1 – 5, 2017. The theme was Championing Equity in Our Communities…25 Years and Counting. In addition to coordinating the event, our staff also attended the event, which brought in nearly 500 participants across 101 Healthy Start projects nationwide.After the event, CSC staff members visited Capitol Hill to advocate for Healthy Start’s critical work in supporting expectant parents and giving infants a healthy start to life.
November 2016: March of Dimes’ Prematurity Awareness Report Card Release for Tulsa County was held on Thursday, Nov. 17 at Morton Comprehensive Health Services. Tulsa County has an 11.7% preterm birth rate compared to Oklahoma’s statewide rate of 10.3%, earning Tulsa an “F” grade and Oklahoma a “C” grade in the March of Dimes 2015 Premature Birth Report Card. Event flyer >
October 2016: Our 3rd Annual Empowering Oklahoma’s Women Conference was October 27 at OU-Tulsa. This year’s event focused on Postpartum Depression, the Two-Generation Approach and Fatherhood Engagement. Agenda > Slides >
October 2016: Tulsa Healthy Start’s Jan Figart presented the nationally televised webinar “Improving the Health of Women, Children and Men: A Primer on Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act.”
September 2016: Tulsa Healthy Start hosts and facilitates the training Trauma: Impact on Pregnancy, Infants & Young Children
Referrals for prenatal postpartum, well-women and well-child care
Smoking, drug and alcohol cessation and counseling
Nutrition needs and breastfeeding support
Perinatal depression screening
Connection to behavioral health services
Home visiting (if necessary)
Contraception education and reproductive life planning
Child development screening, education and parenting support
Enrollment in WIC (Women Infant and Children)
Plan of Care development